The Dominican Sisters of Peace stand with our Dominican Sisters to pray for an end to divisiveness, hate, and violence.
November 21, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement, deploring the hate crime that resulted in the death of five people and the injury of at least 25 people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Our hearts ache for the five people who were killed and at least 25 injured in a hate crime committed at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday night. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who died so cruelly, and for the healing and recovery of all who suffered grievous wounds. We offer deep condolences to family and friends who are mourning the loss of their loved ones.
There is no place for hate crimes in our nation nor for the angry and venomous language that often precedes such evil acts – whether committed against members of the LGBTQ+ community or people who are Black, Indigenous, Latino, or Asian-American, or because of a person’s religious faith. As women of faith, we believe in the inherent dignity of every person, each one of us wonderfully made (Psalm 139) in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
We call on all people of good will to join in doing whatever we can to end the bitter divisiveness that rends our hearts and society with such deadly consequences. May we embrace the transformative gift of seeing each other as brothers and sisters, all loved by God, sharing precious life on our common Earth home.
Members of the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters are Sisters Elise D. García, OP, Prioress; Lorraine Réaume, OP, Vicaress; and Corinne Sanders, OP, Janice Brown, OP, and Bibiana Colasito, OP.